I never wear dresses this time of year unless there’s a special occasion of some sort, because—as I have remarked many times—I hate being cold, and even the warmest tights aren’t warm enough (though these look promising). And also, dresses are so rarely well-fabricated for wearing in the winter months. But you can improvise, and the trick is to layer: with a thin long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath (this doesn’t work with all dresses, but you’d be surprised at how many it does work with) and a cardigan over, something body-skimming so you don’t lose the shape of the dress. I like this APC dress because it has actual long sleeves, which is all too rare in the dress universe, and a nice relaxed fit.
This Rachel Comey pencil dress is so totally office-perfect, but I’d wear it to a party too.
See what I mean about layering with turtlenecks? I think this look is aces (although I might swap out the embellished sneakers here for a simple black bootie).
This is a pretty obvious—let’s say homage to an Ulla Johnson dress from a few seasons ago, but it’s a ton cheaper.
The slit here keeps this dress from coming off too preppy, and instead skews it appealingly modish.
I really dig the smocking here.
Just a simple black satin dress for throwing on whenever nothing else in your closet seems quite right.
I’d definitely wear this pretty floral number with a long-sleeved tee underneath.
Ribbed cotton makes this one subtly sexy and very wearable.
I do love a floral with a dark background, and the shape here is so appealingly clean.
More pretty smocking, and a nicely flowy silhouette.
A spiff leather dress that costs a lot less than most leather dresses, while still being not exactly cheap. Dare I say there is something 1970s YSL about the shape? Probably I’ve got that wrong, but it does feel quite French and of that decade to me. Come after me, fashion historians.
I’d butch up this pleated dress by wearing it with big clunky knee-high boots.